2019 Porsche 718 Boxster Spyder
Introduced in 2016, the current-generation Porsche Boxster gained a couple of major changes compared to its predecessor. While the styling and interior didn’t change much compared to the previous roadster, the new Boxster changed its name to the 718 Boxster, a tribute to a sports car from the late 1950s, and switched to turbocharged engines for the first time ever. Come 2018, and it seems that Porsche is finally working on a new version of the Boxster Spyder. First introduced in 2009 and relaunched in 2015, the Boxster Spyder is a modern tribute to the 718 Spyder of the 1960s, and the upcoming will be the first to actually wear the iconic "718" badge next to the "Spyder" lettering.
There isn’t a lot of information to run by as of this writing, but the spyder configuration is pretty obvious in the spy shots. First spotted in snowy weather in northern Europe, the upcoming sports car hit the Nurburgring track for some high-performance testing in April 2018. And we can see a few differences. The soft-top roof is different toward the back, while the engine hood features the famous flying buttresses. I also spotted a few changes front and rear. They’re not massive, but they do make the Spyder a bit more aggressive. Under the hood, it should get the most powerful engine ever fitted in a Boxster, but the nameplate’s switch to turbocharging makes things a bit complicated. We should find out more later this year, but until then let’s have a closer look at the spy shots in the speculative review below.
The new 718 Boxster Spyder could break cover in the summer of 2018.
Updated 04/16/2018: Our spy photographers caught the upcoming Boxster Sypder out for a new testing session around the famous Nurburgring track.
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Porsche Just Set a New Personal Best Around the Nurburgring With the 911 GT3 RS
As is tradition among the fastest of the fast, the latest Porsche 911 GT3 RS (also known as the 991.2 generation) went to the Nurburgring recently to test its mettle (and its metal) against nearly 13 miles of technical and challenging race corners. All told, the mean and green speed machine ripped around the Nordschleife in what appears to be a new personal best for the nameplate, as exhibited in a recent video posted to YouTube by user xthilox. Hit play below to hear well over 500 horses at full chat while the Porsche in question slingshots around the German corners with cartoonish velocity.
The new 911’s upgrades should make it quicker than the outgoing generation, which set a maxed-out time around the Green Hell at 7 minutes, 12 seconds. What’s more, the car featured here is equipped with the lightness-adding Weissach package, which cuts a total of 18 kg (39.7 pounds) from the final curb weight. It also beefs up the suspension with CFRP components for the front and rear anti-roll bars and coupling rods, while the composite material is added to the roof and front lid. Optional forged magnesium wheels are in the corners.
Rumor has it all that good stuff enabled this Stuttgart superstar to post a fastest lap of 6 minutes, 56 seconds. If true, that would make it quicker than the Lamborghini Aventador LP 750-4 Superveloce and about as quick as the Porsche 918 Spyder hybrid monster, but not quite as quick as the latest Porsche 911 GT2 RS, which ran a 6:47 last September. It’s impressive stuff all the same.
Canada Scores Big as McLaren Gives it Its Own McLaren 570S MSO
Canada isn’t the first country you think of that gets a fair amount of exclusive special editions. For whatever reason, that distinction probably goes to Japan. But the Great White North gets its fair share, and the latest one is this bespoke beauty from McLaren’s MSO customization division. It’s called the McLaren 570S Spider Canada Commission, and it’s limited to just five units.
Better Late Than Never: KTM is FINALLY Bringing the X-Bow To America
It’s been ten years since KTM launched the X-Bow, and to this day, we in the U.S. still haven’t had the chance to enjoy the track-day racer. But that’s finally about to change because, at long last, the X-Bow is coming to America. The only caveat is that the Austrian track-day roadster will only be available for track driving.
Car for Sale: 1988 BMW E30 M3
The E30 has exploded in popularity recently, with well-maintained examples selling for huge sums of money on the used market and at auction. Now, there’s one very clean example going up for sale rocking a six-cylinder engine swap under the hood.
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Will Mercedes-AMG Take on the Porsche Cayman with a Stand-Alone Compact Sports Car?
Mercedes-AMG has stepped into something big with the release of the AMG GT. After all, that car has spawned a handful of different models including the most recent GT 4-door Coupe. Now, it looks like Mercedes may have the Porsche Cayman in its sights, and it’ll take it on with a stand-alone small sports car.
Pops’ Rants: Is the BMW M4 Worth it with the M2 Competition around?
Back in 2015, BMW did something really cool for old-school enthusiasts by launching the M2. A spiritual successor to the highly acclaimed 1M Coupe, the M2 is a tad smaller than the M4, and although it misses 60 horsepower and 63 pound-feet, it’s only three-tenths of a second slower to 60 mph and only six seconds slower on the Nurburgring. The M2 is the modern embodiment of the original M3, a status that the M4 will never benefit from. Things have just become a lot more serious for the M2 now, which climbed another step on the performance ladder with the Competition package.
It’s Not Much but the Subaru WRX STI Will Get a Minor Bump in Power for 2019
Subaru’s WRX and WRX STI models offer the kind of driver-focused, free-wheeling driving experience that few other sedans in the market can offer. Sure, the WRX and WRX STI have aged in some respects, but the two models, specifically the STI, have established a lot of equity with their fan base. That’s good to know because Subaru’s giving the people what they want by offering the 2019 WRX STI with more power for its fans to play with.
Toyota Might Take on the Ford Focus ST and VW Golf GTI with Corolla GR Hatchback
Toyota made a surprising move last year by launching the Yaris GRMN as a competitor for the Volkswagen Polo GTI and Ford Fiesta ST. The hot hatchback was introduced shortly after Toyota launched the GR performance range in Japan, which includes a three-tier system with the entry-level GR Sport, the mid-range GR, and the flagship GRMN. A couple of models are already available in Japan, while the upcoming Supra will get all three versions at some point. Now word has it that Toyota is also pondering a high-performance version of the Corolla hatchback (Auris in Europe.)
Good News! The Next-Gen WRX Will Be Offered with a Manual Transmission
As disappointing as it is to see the manual transmission fade into the sunset as more automakers lean on its automatic counterpart, there are some automakers who are keeping the dream alive. One of these manufacturers is Subaru, which coincidentally dropped hints a month ago that it was axing the manual transmission from its models. Turns out, not every Subaru model is completely ditching the manual transmission because the fun-tactic three-pedal setup will live on through the WRX performance line.
Pray to the Heavens That The Lamborghini L595 Roadster Becomes Reality
Four years ago, Italian coach builder Zagato unveiled the Lamborghini 5-95 Zagato, a one-off creation that spawned into a limited edition series because deep-pocketed customers couldn’t get enough of it. Fast forward to 2018, and we could be in for a case of déjà vu. Sitting on Zagato’s website for all the world to see is a rendering of the Lamborghini L595 Zagato, a droptop version of the 5-95 Zagato that we saw in 2014. It’s unclear if Zagato has plans to build this version, but the image was accompanied by “2018,” a sign that we could see this car come to life sometime this year.
The BMW M2 Competition Has Leaked and It’s Got M4-Like Performance
The BMW M2 has only been alive for a couple of years now, but the smaller M4 has received quite the following in that short time. With a couple of years under its belt, it’s about time for the M2 Competition to make its debut and thanks to an “accidental” leak by BMW’s Australian portal we get to have an early look at what we can expect of the M2 Competition when it debuts later this month at the Beijing Auto Show. And, the best part is that it’s not just images—there are some specs too.
By the time you read this review, spring may very well have sprung for most of the Northern Hemisphere. There may be no better cure for cabin fever than the 2018 Fiat 124 Spider Abarth.
Based upon and built in the same factory with the Mazda MX-5 Miata, the so-called “Fiata” is at its best in Abarth form, with a tiny bump in horsepower accompanying a sharpened chassis and better-sounding exhaust. Like most Fiats I have driven, the 124 Spider Abarth brings to mind two other F-words: frugal and fun
The Acura NSX is one of those cars that constantly come up in conversation, and that conversation usually revolves around either the baby NSX or the NSX Roadster – neither of which have ever been confirmed. The baby NSX, for that matter, might as well be filed away in the drawer of things that will never happen, but German site Autobild has now put out a report that NSX Roadster is coming as one of several sporty, open-top vehicles.
The Vantage nameplate enjoys a long history under the Aston Martin banner, first seeing use in 1951 as a high-performance variant of the DB2. Eventually, the Vantage became a unique standalone model, and over time, secured its spot as the single most successful vehicle in the brand’s history. Framed as a more accessible GT two-door, this “entry-level” Aston offers daily driver comfort wrapped in a smaller, lighter, and more agile package. Now, there’s a new generation, coming proper with fresh styling, a new interior layout, more dynamism behind the wheel, and ever-higher levels of performance. Now, enjoy it all for yourself by displaying it as your desktop wallpaper!
The Next-Gen Focus RS Could Stick it to Mercedes-AMG and Audi with a 400-Horsepower Hybrid Drivetrain
The Ford RS brand has always held its own, but the latest Ford Focus RS was something of a masterpiece that proved Ford still had what it took to compete in the hot hatch segment. The Focus RS came late in the Focus’ life cycle though, and with a new Focus ready to debut sometime in the next week, it’s time to start talking about the new Focus RS – a model that’s slated to debut for 2020 and could deliver as much as 400 horsepower, if not more, thanks to a 48-volt mild hybrid system. The system in question will be showcased on the Focus RS before making its way into all of Fords mid- and large-sized vehicles. Forget that, though, 400 horsepower in the RS? Hell yes!